Does someone who goes to a well performing grammar school have an advantage over me?

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I go to a normal state school sixth form and I want to know whether someone who goes to a high performing sixth form like Henrietta Barnett have an advantage over me?
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I go to a grammar school and I can honestly say that no, people who go to grammar schools do not have an advantage over you so don't worry about this! It is probably better to go to a state school sixth form mainly because it is then shown to your uni admission tutors that you achieved these grades despite this. However for people who go to grammar schools, the grades we achieve will not be looked at too much because it is expected that we achieve that much as they compare it to our school's average grades. Plus, universities like Cambridge mainly only ever take in people from state schools, then grammar and rarely ever private schools. I hope this helps
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I mean doing sociology at a level, I realized how messed up the system is and it really depends if you do well and do your best then it can lead to bigger things such as going to uni in oxford/ cambridge. But, IDK if I'm right grammar and private school kids *some* have connections and stuff related to Oxbridge. I mean just do your best and if you set your mind to it then you can do it
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(Original post by Study6076)
I go to a normal state school sixth form and I want to know whether someone who goes to a high performing sixth form like Henrietta Barnett have an advantage over me?
Didnt you ask this on my thread aha
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I go to a grammar school and I can honestly say that no, people who go to grammar schools do not have an advantage over you so don't worry about this! It is probably better to go to a state school sixth form mainly because it is then shown to your uni admission tutors that you achieved these grades despite this. However for people who go to grammar schools, the grades we achieve will not be looked at too much because it is expected that we achieve that much as they compare it to our school's average grades. Plus, universities like Cambridge mainly only ever take in people from state schools, then grammar and rarely ever private schools. I hope this helps
i j wanna say - when cambridge say state it includes grammar asw
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i j wanna say - when cambridge say state it includes grammar asw
yea i know.
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I feel like opportunities have been made pretty equal at this point. Independent schools probably have an academic edge, with smaller classes and a high quality of teaching, but there are also certain things that only state schools get. I go to an independent and I'm not allowed on many summer schools for instance. Universities also have to have a certain ratio of state:independent students.
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(Original post by divaani28)
I go to a grammar school and I can honestly say that no, people who go to grammar schools do not have an advantage over you so don't worry about this! It is probably better to go to a state school sixth form mainly because it is then shown to your uni admission tutors that you achieved these grades despite this. However for people who go to grammar schools, the grades we achieve will not be looked at too much because it is expected that we achieve that much as they compare it to our school's average grades. Plus, universities like Cambridge mainly only ever take in people from state schools, then grammar and rarely ever private schools. I hope this helps
Hi what grammar school do you go to if you don't mind me asking, as I want to get in contact with people from grammar schools e.g. like HBS so that I can contact previous students that got into good unis and ask them what they did?
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(Original post by divaani28)
Plus, universities like Cambridge mainly only ever take in people from state schools, then grammar and rarely ever private schools. I hope this helps
Not true - look at the admission data.
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(Original post by ashtolga23)
I feel like opportunities have been made pretty equal at this point. Independent schools probably have an academic edge, with smaller classes and a high quality of teaching, but there are also certain things that only state schools get. I go to an independent and I'm not allowed on many summer schools for instance. Universities also have to have a certain ratio of state:independent students.
Not always true I'm afraid - some Private schools get contextual offers as their results are so bad!
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(Original post by ashtolga23)
I feel like opportunities have been made pretty equal at this point. Independent schools probably have an academic edge, with smaller classes and a high quality of teaching, but there are also certain things that only state schools get. I go to an independent and I'm not allowed on many summer schools for instance. Universities also have to have a certain ratio of state:independent students.
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Hi what grammar school do you go to if you don't mind me asking, as I want to get in contact with people from grammar schools e.g. like HBS so that I can contact previous students that got into good unis and ask them what they did?
What sort of thing do you want to know?
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(Original post by Muttley79)
Not always true I'm afraid - some Private schools get contextual offers as their results are so bad!
Fair enough, but I did put "probably". There are always outliers.
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What sort of thing do you want to know?
like what they were doing right now in Year 12, what kind of things they did that made them stand out and get accepted into competitive unis, etc. ( do you go HBS/used to?)
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like what they were doing right now in Year 12, what kind of things they did that made them stand out and get accepted into competitive unis, etc. ( do you go HBS/used to?)
Don't worry about what other people are doing ... focus on yourself. Grammars and Private schools give no advantage for university ...
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Don't worry about what other people are doing ... focus on yourself. Grammars and Private schools give no advantage for university ...
I agree but i want to make sure im doing the right thing?
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If you have good stats and come from a comprehensive school, you will probably look a little more impressive from the grammar school student, simply because you worked for those grades in spite of your schools nature. However, grammar schools and private schools tend to have better teaching, and are more equipped to deal with students applying for Oxbridge or medicine, and also tend to have better and more opportunities (e.g. olympiads and work experience ect) and extracurriculars. If your course is competitive, those factors do put the other applicant at an advantage.
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If you have good stats and come from a comprehensive school, you will probably look a little more impressive from the grammar school student, simply because you worked for those grades in spite of your schools nature. However, grammar schools and private schools tend to have better teaching, and are more equipped to deal with students applying for Oxbridge or medicine, and also tend to have better and more opportunities (e.g. olympiads and work experience ect) and extracurriculars. If your course is competitive, those factors do put the other applicant at an advantage.
Are you in 6form as well, if you don't mind me asking?
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Not always true I'm afraid - some Private schools get contextual offers as their results are so bad!
You're saying private school kids actually get lower offers because they pay for education, or for other reasons, I don't understand?
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I agree but i want to make sure im doing the right thing?
What do you mean 'the right thing'? I've taught in all types of school and there's no 'magic'.
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You're saying private school kids actually get lower offers because they pay for education, or for other reasons, I don't understand?
Yes - the schools are bad ...
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